The Serb won the ATP Finals in Turin, Italy. The former number 1 was established undefeated in the tournament that brought together the eight best tennis players of the season. The historic number of prizes that he won
The Serbian Novak Djokovic beat the Norwegian Casper Ruud and stayed with the Masters (REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane)
Novak Djokovic stayed this Sunday with the ATP Finals, the Masters tennis that was played in Turin, Italy. The Serbian beat in the decisive match the Norwegian Casper Ruud (4) 7-5, 6-3, to win his sixth Masters tournament, which brought together eight best rackets of the season. The former world number one currently ranked 8th in the ATP world ranking, clearly beat Ruud (4), whom he had already beaten in the group zone, to win the Masters tournament, undefeated and at a great level,after a match that lasted 1 hour and 34 minutes of play.
The Belgrade-born player finished on top in 2022 and as a rival to beat for 2023, despite the fact that he started the year with the unpleasant episode of his deportation in Australia. Nole closed his run undefeated in Turin, with a perfect final against Ruud, who had his third prestigious final of the year before him, after the from Roland Garros and US Open, but again it was nothing.
The Norwegian had personality and confidence to withstand his rival's aggressiveness from the start, saving three break balls. In the fourth, Djokovic managed to break, which also gave him the first set (7-5). Without giving options with his serve, the Serb broke on the only break ball that he had in the second set (3-1) and, with it, he continued firmly towards the reconquest of the Masters Cup
Novak Djokovic won his sixth Masters and equaled Roger Federer's mark (Reuters/Andrew Boyers)
The 35-year-old Serb won his sixth Masters and equaled the brand of the Swiss Roger Federer. Nole The first one had won it in 2008, in Shanghai, and then it was imposed in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, all developed in London. Likewise, the Serbian added his fifth title of the season after his victories in the Masters 1000 in Rome, Wimbledon, Tel Aviv and Astana. The former No. 1 did not play several tournaments because he was not vaccinated against the coronavirus.
The contest, which took place on hard surface courts at the Pala Alpitour in Turin, the largest indoor sports arena in Italy, awarded prizes totaling $15,115,656. In the case of Djokovic, he won the biggest prize in the history of tennis, some 4,740,300 dollars, for finishing undefeated.
“The fact of having waited seven years makes this victory even better”, said the Serbian in a televised interview after the game in a tournament that had two significant absences, those of Murcian Carlos Alcaraz , number one in the world, and that of the German Alexander Zverev, champion in 2021, in both cases due to injuries. “I'm looking forward to a couple of weeks off, because I've been on edge all year, either because of tournaments or waiting for permits to go somewhere, so I'm very happy having managed to finish on a positive note,” said Djokovic, who captured his seventh Wimbledon title in July.
With information from Télam and Reuters.